Encouraged and inspired by the overwhelming international response to the on-line petition "savelapetitebande.com" (spring 2009), we decided to start a foundation: "Support La Petite Bande". Through the foundation we can develop a way to be less dependent on increasingly uncertain government subsidies, and to be able to handle any financial shortfalls without having to compromise our artistic objectives.
A great many people, like you, have subtly sensed what is important to La Petite Bande in its work; accordingly, we hope that we can count on such kindred spirits as you for some devoted support.
Message by Sigiswald Kuijken
As you might know, for reasons that are not properly understood the Flemish Government terminated its guaranteed annual financial support for La Petite from January 1st 2013: we are the only Belgian orchestra to be treated in this manner, despite our international reputation and extensive discography and contribution to Belgian, European and indeed worldwide musical life. The loss of Government financial support has put La Petite Bande in serious financial difficulties, and we are all working very hard to raise money to ensure that our unique orchestra can continue its work. We are sure that we will succeed, but to do so we need your support, to ensure that we will be able to continue our work and make music!
More information on the three options to support the orchestra, as explained by Sigiswald, can be found here:
Posted: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 at 10h38.
The Orchestral Suites by J.S.Bach are released !
The 4 Orchestral Suites (BWV 1066-1069) by J.S.Bach are released by Accent, ACC 24279 Transparency, natural tempi and an evenly balance between the separate groups of instruments – these are the qualities in which these 4 orchestral suites under Sigiswald Kuijken excell. This record does not bring the ideological message – “We will show you how new this Bach can sound” – but it is effective by Sigiswalds experience for many years with this music, wonderfully mature and pure. (Christoph Vratz –NDR.de/Kultur)
Posted: Friday, 22 June 2012 at 14h54.
No more subventions for La Petite Bande
A message from Sigiswald Kuijken currently on tour in the UK: “I’m baffled by this decision. It’s certainly not my intention to make a ‘fuzz’ about it now. I believe that our cause was well defended and we gave it the dignity it deserved. Furthermore, I find no words for that decision, and do not understand the position of the committee . We will now see how we take it from here, I would like to thank everyone for their support in these past weeks.” 22-6-12